Thursday, September 23, 2010

flower power

"Her name must be everything she is," said her mother.
"Her name must be absolutely perfect," said her father.
And it was.
That's exactly how I felt when we named Italia and surely how everyone feels when naming a child. If I had to name a perfect children's story, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes just might be it. The writing, the illustrations, the spirit of it - priceless. Every word a petal, the story blossoms into a message you'll want your child to carry in her heart forever:
"Your name is beautiful," said her mother.
"Precious and priceless and fascinating and winsome," said her father.
"It's everything you are," said her mother.
"Absolutely perfect," said her father.

1 comment:

lit prof said...

And we were awfully glad you named this beautiful girl Italia after her Italian great-grandmother Anita Italia Vespia.